Post 1462 . Sunday February 26
The Sunday Whirl
‘Just an accident’ his mother sighed, but he knew better. She was bruised and bleeding, not for the first time. They sank to the floor hugging each other, crying.
Each night he lay awake praying his father wouldn't creep into his room.
‘He’s gone’ his mother said one morning wiping her muddy hands on her apron. ‘Joined a cult or something. We’re safe now’.
Days later the police came and led her away. He was sent to a foster family. They were not nice. The day following his miserable tenth birthday he decided to flee. Nobody bothered to look for him. He went to live in a filthy cellar living off scraps from bins. Sometimes he tore feathers from dead pigeons then cooked them on a fire. He’d never been as happy.
Years later he searched for the old house. All he found was a pile of rubble. At the bottom of the overgrown garden, police tape fluttered where his father's shallow grave was found. Yesterday’s news.
As he traced the letters with his finger he thought he heard his mother sigh.
For The Sunday Whirl where the given word are jinx, feathered, follow, decide, sigh, cult, bleed, planet, spin, shallow, news and us.